Current Thoracic Surgery 2016 , Vol 1 , Issue 1
Catamenial pneumothorax: a case report of recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax
Timuçin Alar1,Ahmet Uysal2,İsmail Ertuğrul Gedik1
1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, Turkey
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale, Turkey
DOI : 10.26663/cts.2016.0008 Catamenial pneumothorax (CP) is a type of recurrent pneumothorax that occurs during menstrual periods in women. CP is a special type of pneumothorax related with the menstrual period and the treatment consists of both medical and surgical methods. First line of surgical treatment is exploration of thorax via VATS and revealing the pathophysiological factors of CP. Despite the surgical treatment techniques, a postoperative recurrence rate of CP is 30%. We present a recurrent pneumothorax case who had 5 pneumothorax episodes and diagnosed as CP. A left VATS apical wedge resection and pleurectomy was performed and oral contraceptive was administered. and she did not have a recurrent pneumothorax episode for last 2 years. Keywords : Pneumothorax; catamenial pneumothorax; endometriosis